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University Counselling

Post-secondary educational options are many and varied, much like the profile of our UWCT student body. Many students are clear they wish to attend university, and are determined to pursue a specific course of study. Others want to attend university though have no idea what to study, or where. Each year we also have a few students who decide to pursue different goals, be that obtaining obtain a certification in network engineering, joining the military, working or traveling during a gap year, or vocational training. We are keen to support each student’s aims and do our utmost to facilitate their transition from UWCT to the next part of their educational journey.

For those who do want to attend a university or college, UWCT provides a meaningful university counselling programme to assist in this sometimes challenging and complicated process. The programme begins in Grade 8 and follows students through to Grade 12 and their final decisions. 

Grades 8 & 9
  • Students participate in a Career Fair organised by PACE (the Parent Alumni Career Exploration), consisting of the school’s university counsellor and parents and friends of the school.
  • Students learn about career choices in the wellness curriculum through units on “Living in the Wider World”.
Grade 10
  • Students participate in Career Fairs organised by PACE (the Parent Alumni Career Exploration), consisting of the school’s university counsellor and parents and friends of the school.
  • Students learn about career choices in the wellness curriculum through units on “Living in the Wider World”.
  • The school administers the PSAT (preparation for the SAT), a standardised assessment used by many colleges and universities around the world.
  • Meet with the university counsellor to discuss IB Diploma course choices to support future educational goals.
  • Students take personal assessments on CIALFO (the school’s college and career application software) to learn about their individual learning style, possible career paths based on strengths and interests, and can begin to research information about colleges and universities.
Grade 11
  • Students have classes several times a year with the university counsellor to learn about the college application process.
  • Students participate in Career Fairs organised by PACE (the Parent Alumni Career Exploration), consisting of the school’s university counsellor and parents and friends of the school.
  • Students use CIALFO to research universities and build a list of potential applications.
  • CCA’s are offered each season to provide more individual learning opportunities about the application process.
  • A CCA is offered twice per year to support students who wish to take the SAT.
  • Students meet individually with the counsellor to plan their post-secondary options.
  • Students are invited to meet with visiting university admission representatives.
Grade 12
  • Students have classes during home room periods to support applications to university or to plan other post-secondary options.
  • Students are able to meet with a wide variety of university admission representatives who visit UWCT, and attend college admission fairs both here and at other international schools in Phuket.
  • Students have individual meetings with the school counsellor for general application questions, and with teachers who help guide the personal statement process.
  • Students finalise university application choices and keep track of the process through CIALFO.
  • A CCA is offered twice per year to support students who wish to take the SAT.
Davis United World College Programme

Shelby M.C. Davis funds the Davis United World College Scholars Program. It is a commitment involving tens of millions of dollars per year. All graduates of UWC schools who gain admission on their own merits to selected U.S. colleges or universities–96 at present–qualify for need-based scholarship support through the programme.

The strategic objective is to advance international understanding through education. The programme is built on two assumptions: 1) that promising future leaders from a broad range of cultures should be afforded greater educational opportunities and serve to accelerate global networking; 2) that these educational opportunities take place at leading U.S. colleges and universities, in the belief that these American schools will become more effective learning communities for all their students by becoming more internationally diverse and globally engaged.

Studying in Australia and New Zealand

Universities in Australia and New Zealand offer undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes. There are hundreds of programmes available covering a vast array of subjects–from Antarctic studies to accounting, mathematics to marine biology, sport coaching to speech therapy, environmental science to economics.

Your application will be assessed on your IB Diploma results. Students applying for degrees in medicine or dentistry may have to sit extra tests as part of the application process. Each university sets its own entry requirements, so they vary considerably. Entry requirements for each degree are clearly set out by the institutions.

The academic year in Australia and New Zealand starts in February (rather than September). The first term runs from February to June, the second from July to November. The long university holiday falls over the southern hemisphere’s summer–November through to February. Almost all programmes can be started in the first semester (February) and some can also be started in the second (July).

Students apply between five and 18 months before your course is due to start. If you have already finished school or university, it is up to you when you apply within that time frame. If you are currently studying, you can apply for a conditional offer in your final year. This works in the same way as it would in the UK or Ireland–your place will be dependent on your getting certain grades in your final exams. Alternatively, you can wait until you have completed your studies, and go for an unconditional offer. Please make sure you apply at least five months before the course is due to start (applications for February 2020, for example, should be submitted by the end of September 2019). Some specialist courses, such as medicine and dentistry, and performance-based courses such as drama, music and art, have earlier deadlines. Most universities take between three and six weeks to assess an undergraduate application.

For more information on studying in Australia and New Zealand in general, and Australian universities, in specific, please visit the following links:


Links to Applying to Universities in Australia

Apply to many Australian universities through UAC International, https://www.uac.edu.au/international/admission/who-can-apply.shtml.

Study in Australia:  A great resource for courses, study costs, and living information for Australian and New Zealand universities. 


The Australian Educahttps://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/ention Network University and College Guide: https://www.australianuniversities.com.au/

University Australia, an education organization representing 39 Australian Universities and promoting studies in Australia:  https://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/page/

The Australian Universities’ Rhttps://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/eview:  Australia’s oldest and most widely read journal dedicated exclusively to higher education issues: https://www.aur.org.au/

Applying to Canadian Universities

In Canada, there is a distinction between a university and a college. Universities grant undergraduate bachelors and advanced degrees while colleges focus on vocational and technical training. The academic approach is similar to the US curriculum and organisation. Universities are organised within faculties (schools), such as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Applied Sciences. 


Canadian universities actively seek IB diploma students and widely recognise the value of the diploma. At some schools, students with the IB begin their university programme in the second year; therefore, an undergraduate degree may be completed in three years. Generally, the SAT is required for students not completing an IB diploma. A TOEFL or IELTS is often requested for international students if they have not been in an English speaking school for at least three years. This requirement can be waived if the student meets the English language proficiency requirements, which usually includes a letter from the counselor. 


For students with the IB diploma, the application process is very stream-lined and simple. Students apply online directly to the university, except for universities in Ontario. Universities in Ontario use a centralised application process called Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Students submit a single application to OUAC, which is then forwarded to students’ chosen universities. Students are encouraged to file the OUAC by early December, in time to process and reach the universities. Other Canadian universities may have later deadlines; however, it is recommended if students are applying to McGill to complete the online application no later than December. 


The universities’ online applications request basic background information of the student as well as an online fee payment of approximately CAD$60 to $100. Letters of recommendation and personal statements are not required. Canadian students seeking financial aid may be required to provide additional materials. After applying, each university will send an email or letter acknowledging receipt of your application and requesting transcripts and IB predicted grades. The letter will also contain your personal student number which is important to include on all documents, so please provide this to the counselor. Transcripts, predicted IB grades, and a school profile are sent to Canadian universities after the first term grades are reported (usually the third week in January). Students need to provide the counselor with the list of names and addresses of the universities where they are applying along with their student candidate number from the university. Final transcripts will be sent at the end of term two and students should inform the IB Coordinator which university should have access to the final IB diploma exams. 


Canadian universities notify students of acceptance as they make their decisions, any time from three weeks after receiving transcripts and predicted grades to several months, if they are waiting for additional results on which to base their decision. 


Links for Applying to Universities in Canada

The Study in Canada site is a useful guide for higher education in Canada.

A Directory of all Canadian Universities is available from the Universities Canada. They provide information for Canadian and international students, along with a search engine to identify universities with particular programmes of study.

A list of all Canadian universities and information about each of them.

Macleans magazine conducts an annual ranking and review of Canadians universities.

The Ontario Universities Application Center, https://www.ouac.on.ca/ is the standard online application site for Ontario universities.

ScholarshipsCanada.com is Canada’s most comprehensive scholarship portal. This extensive database can help find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants, in addition to information about student loans, applications and budget planning.

Additional sources for financial aid for international and Canadian students can be found on the eduPASS site, www.edupass.org/finaid/canadian.phtml, FinAid https://www.finaid.org/, and the Canlearn interactive site https://www.canlearn.ca/

Universities in Europe with Instruction in English

American College Dublin 

  • https://www.amcd.ie/ 
  • Programmes focus on liberal arts core programmes. 
  • Degrees: BA Behavioral Science-Psychology; BA International Business-Management; BA International Business-Marketing; BS Hospitality Management.
  • The American College Dublin is a senior college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas and bachelor’s degrees.
  • All applicants under 23 as of 1 January, who are Irish or EU nationals, should apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglington Street, Galway (Tel: 091 509800), www.cao.ie. The closing date for applications is 1 February. Late applications may be accepted up to 1 May. All non-EU students should download the application form from the website. There is an application fee of €60.

American University in Bulgaria 

  • https://www.aubg.bg
  • Located in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. 
  • AUBG offers an American-style liberal arts education with English as the language of instruction.
  • There are nine major and 10 minor programmes taught at AUBG.   

American University of Rome 

  • https://www.aur.edu
  • The American University of Rome is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award associates and bachelor’s degrees.
  • The American University of Rome is a private, independent American institution of higher education in Rome committed to offering liberal studies and professional courses in an international environment that promotes cross-cultural understanding. The university offers American degree programmes primarily to undergraduate students.

The American University of Paris 

  • https://www.aup.edu
  • Located in Paris, France. 
  • You can graduate from AUP with one of two degrees, depending on your area of focus: either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) if you major in the Humanities, Economics, or Business Administration; or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) if you major in Computer Science or Applied Economics.
  • Has American accreditation. 

BI Norwegian School of Management 

  • https://www.bi.edu 
  • Located in Oslo, Norway.
  • One of the largest business schools in Europe with over 22,000 students.
  • Degrees offered in business administration taught in English. 
  • Three-year, full time programme. 
  • Topics include: International Business, Intercultural Communication, Marketing and Finance.

Delft University of Technology 

  • https://www.tudelft.nl 
  • TU Delft offers three-year bachelor (BSc) programmes, focusing on mathematics, mechanics and physics.
  • The bachelor programmes are taught in Dutch, except for Aerospace Engineering which is taught in both Dutch and English.
  • Public, urban, independent, coeducational. 
  • Approximately 1200 students, 20% international. 
  • Requires IB diploma with Math HL and Physics HL. American HS Diploma with SATII Math 2C and Physics.

Erasmus University Rotterdam 

  • https://www.eur.nl 
  • The university concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors on the one hand, as well as on the field of sickness and health care. 
  • Education and research in three domains in which the university has a national and international reputation: Economics and Management; Medicine and Health Science; Law, Culture and Society.
  • Public, suburban, independent, coeducational.
  • Approximately 1,100 students, 50% international; International admit rate: 57%.
  • Three-year Bachelor of Science degree: BS in International Business Administration.
  • Requires an IB diploma, proficiency in Math (Math SL/HL), proficiency in English and a letter of motivation.
  • EAA Nationals: Tuition fee reimbursements of approximately 50% of tuition.
  • Emphasis on learning additional languages. 

European Business School 

  • https://www.ebs.de 
  • Offers programmes in Bachelors of General Management and Bachelor of European Management.
  • Private university located in Germany. 
  • Modular programme of studies. 

European University: Centre for Management Studies 

  • https://www.euruni.edu 
  • Located in Barcelona, Spain 
  • EU offers the traditional programmes of Bachelor and Master of Business Administration (BBA & MBA), and also the possibility to specialise in 10 different fields of management education, for example: Communication and Public Relations, Information Systems Management, Wealth Management, Sports Management and Finance-Banking & Corporate Finance.
  • The first goal of EU is to bring the American education model to Europe by relating classroom theory to professional skills. The second goal of EU is to internationalise its programmes by providing a unique environment. An international perspective is guaranteed by the composition of the faculty and student body. 
  • The courses are taught in English using the case study method to prevent business theory from remaining abstract and incomprehensible.

Franklin University Switzerland

  • https://www.fc.edu/ 
  • The Franklin Core Curriculum merges academic skills with a strong focus on international and intercultural competencies. These courses give you the tools you need to study, research, communicate and live responsibly, while crossing borders and traveling far from home. The university core represents the heart of the Franklin experience.
  • Academic Travel is Franklin’s signature program, and it is probably a factor in every Franklin student’s choice to attend. Three-credit Academic Travel courses are regular semester courses with a 10-14 day travel period designed to add an experiential learning piece to what is studied in the classroom. Many strong relationships are built between students on Travel, and those experiences are a fundamental part of what defines a Franklin graduate.
  • Undergraduate students at Franklin can choose one of the following different major fields of study, spanning a wide range of disciplines including History, International Relations, Economics, Politics, Environmental Studies, International Management, Languages, Literature and the Arts.

Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations-University Institute 

  • https://www.genevadiplomacy.com/ 
  • Located in Geneva, Switzerland 
  • GSD is a private university, currently with a campus in the domaine de Penthes. The student body is comprised of more than 30 nationalities.
  • GSD offers internationally recognised Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (BA), Master of International Relations (MIR), Executive Master of International Relations (EMIR), and Doctor of International Relations (DIR) degrees.
  • Among the many advantages of studying at GSD are the following: 
    • the university, being at the heart of the most diplomatic neighbourhood, makes GSD the perfect location for students studying international relations or seeking to build a career in diplomacy and related fields; 
    • GSD teaching and instruction are in English; 
    • classes are small and interactive; 
    • the academic year is divided into four, 10-week terms with flexible entry dates;
    • professors, mostly active professionals, are highly qualified academically (Former Presidents, Ambassadors, UN Officials etc.);
    • GSD is located in the heart of a beautiful and safe Swiss environment that blends intellectual and cultural stimulation; and
    • GSD recognises and accepts the transfer of credits from other qualified institutions and universities.

Aalto University, Helsinki Finland

  • https://www.hse.fi/EN/frontpage 
  • Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.
  • Aalto University is a state-recognised university (Universities Act 558/2009) which started operating on 1 January 2010 when three state-recognised universities (Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and University of Art and Design Helsinki) merged.

Aarhus University 

  • https://www.hih.dk 
  • Aarhus University is a young, modern university established in 1928. It has grown to become a leading public research university with international reach covering the entire research spectrum. 
  • Aarhus University is a nationwide university. In addition to the main campus in Aarhus, Aarhus University has campuses in Herning and Emdrup, as well as research activities in 18 different locations in Denmark, Greenland and Tenerife.
  • AU is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities. It was ranked number 65 in the 2018 Shanghai ranking and among the world’s 100 best universities in 17 out of 42 subjects in the latest 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

International University of Bremen 

  • https://www.iu-bremen.de/ or email admissions@iu-bremen.de. 
  • Located in Bremen, Germany. 
  • IUB offers accredited degree programmes in Engineering, the Natural Sciences,
    Humanities and Social Sciences. 
  • Private, suburban, independent, coeducational. 
  • 650 undergrads; 450 graduate; 91 nationalities; 70% international. 
  • Requirements: IB diploma; SAT; SAT II (recommended). 
  • English language university with American-style curriculum. 
  • Highly selective. 
  • On campus housing available.

IE University, Madrid Spain

  • https://www.ie.edu
  • New campus being built for completion in 2020.
  • Comprises Schools of Business, Law, Human Sciences and Technology, Architecture and Design, Global and Public Affairs and numerous undergraduate programmes.
  • Technological immersion and a culture of innovation.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Humanities to understand the world.
  • Diverse nationalities, cultures and ideas.
  • Admission is competitive, with an average IB score of 35. The full IB Diploma must be presented. Admission is on a rolling basis–no specific deadline.
  • Either an admission test or the SAT is required (minimum 1200 for the SAT).

International University of Geneva 

  • https://www.iun.ch
  • Accredited undergraduate and graduate programmes in Business Administration (BBA, MBA), International Relations (BA), and in Media and Communication (BA, MA). 
  • The International University in Geneva seeks a diverse student body and encourages applications from around the world. 
  • Admission to the University is competitive and emphasises the applicants previous academic performance and intellectual capacity. Applications are considered on a rolling admission basis. 

International University of Monaco 

  • https://www.monaco.edu 
  • An English language university offering degrees in business. 
  • The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration programme at IUM is specifically designed to encompass all areas of business studies. It includes a series of interdisciplinary courses in Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Strategy, Economics, and Quantitative Analysis.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Business and e-Commerce has been tailored to provide a comprehensive education in business adapted to modern trends in technology. 
  • The International University of Monaco is accredited in the United States of America by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award bachelor and master degrees. 
  • 250 undergraduates, 85% international.

Jacobs University

  • https://www.jacobs-university.de
  • A private, English-speaking campus university in Germany with the highest standards in research and teaching following an interdisciplinary concept.
  • 1,400 students from 100 different countries.
  • Jacobs University Bremen is a campus university. Undergraduate students live in apartments with two single rooms in residential colleges. 
  • Jacobs University offers a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary study programmes ranging from the Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering to the Social Sciences and Economics.

Jonkoping University; Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden 

  • https://ju.se/en.html
  • Three-year bachelor programmes in English: International Management, Business and IT Management, International Economics and Policy.
  • Academic education on the bachelor level in Sweden is subsidised by the government and therefore tuition is free for all students. Students pay for housing, literature and other living expenses.
  • Students from outside the EU must obtain a student visa, where they must show that they can afford their expenses during their studies in Sweden.

LaSalle University-Barcelona 

  • https://www.lasalleuniversities.net 
  • Offers international bachelor’s degree programmes focusing on business skills combined with a rigorous academic programme with practical application.
  • Specialisations: Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor’s of Business in International Relations, and Bachelor’s of Business in Sports Management.
  • All programmes taught in English. 

Marist College-Florence, Italy Campus 

  • https://italy.marist.edu/
  • Marist College is a four-year liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Four bachelor’s degree programmes are currently offered in English on the Italian campus: Professional Studies in Fashion Design, Fine Art/Art History, Fine Arts/Studio Art and English/Theatre Concentration. 

Regent’s College London 

  • https://www.regents.ac.uk
  • Includes: British American College London, European Business School London, Regent’s Business School London. 
  • Two systems, six colleges. 
  • On campus facilities: library, IT, language labs, bookshop, dorms (only 250 slots, can not guarantee housing).
  • European Business College: Six majors, all three-and-a-half years, includes extensive work service (36 weeks), must take one or two languages with business major, 100% employment rate within six months, 800+ students.
  • Regent’s Business School: International business with four degrees, no language or work service required; 400 undergrad; 90% international; Main subjects: International Marketing, International Finance/Accounting, International Business, International Business with Design Management, International Management, Law; three-year, full time degree programmes 
  • British American College: 400+ students, four-year bachelor’s degree from Webster University St. Louis, seven majors, apply directly not through UCAS, five study abroad locations. 

Richmond, the American International University in London 

  • https://www.richmond.ac.uk
  • 1,100 students; 70% international; two campus locations. 
  • Private, urban, independent, coeducational. 
  • US and British accreditation. 
  • Credit for IB. 
  • International internship programmes; study abroad center (Italy). 
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science Degrees offered: Art Design & Media, Art History, Business Administration, Communication, Computing, Economics, History, International Relations, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Systems Engineering & Management, and Theatre Arts.

Saint Louis University, Madrid Spain 

  • https://spain.slu.edu 
  • Can choose from six, four-year degree programmes: International Business, International Relations, Economics, English, Communication and Spanish.
  • All courses completed on the Madrid campus. 
  • More than 55 majors, such as Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology, can be started on the Madrid campus (four-five semesters) and completed on the St. Louis campus.

Schiller International University 

  • https://www.schiller.edu 
  • Founded in 1964, Schiller International University (SIU), is an independent American university with campuses in the United States, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
  • Study programmes are offered in International Business, Resort/Club Management, International Hotel and Tourism Management, Management of Information Technology, International Relations and Diplomacy and study abroad programmes in Europe.
  • The language of instruction is English at all SIU campuses 

State University of New York, Empire State College-Prague 

  • https://www.unyp.cz 
  • Over 500 students working towards an American bachelor’s degree.
  • IB credit of up to 30 semester credits. 
  • Bachelor degree programmes are dual-degree: American degree from SUNY Empire State College and an accredited Czech bachelor’s degree from UNYP.

Tilburg University 

  • https://www.tilburguniversity.edu 
  • Public, urban, independent, coeducational. 
  • 11,000 undergrads, 8% international.
  • Ranked #1 in Economics by the European Economic Association. 
  • Three programmes taught in English: International Business, International Economics and Finance, and Business Studies.
  • Three-year Bachelor’s programmes. 
  • IB diploma required. American HS diploma considered based on individual records.
  • EEA nationals, Dutch government reimburses 800 Euro per year on tuition.
  • Study abroad offered.

Université IFM—Institute de Finance et Management 

  • https://www.ifm.ch 
  • Located in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Private, urban, independent, coeducational. 
  • 100 undergrads; 45% International. 
  • English and French undergraduate programmes. 
  • Three-year programmes.
  • Degrees in: Business Administration, Business Finance, Communications and Marketing, International Relations.

University of Bocconi 

  • https://www.unibocconi.it
  • Bocconi is a business and economics university. Its undergraduate courses are structured around nine three-year degree programmes. 
  • Classes are generally held in Italian, with the major exception of Degree in International Economics and Management and Business Administration, where courses are wholly taught in English. 

University of Business and International Studies, Geneva (UBIS) 

  • https://www.ubis-geneva.ch 
  • Offers three undergraduate programmes: Business Administration, International Relations and Media and Communications.
  • Seeking Accreditation 

Vesalius College – Vrije Universiteit Brussels 

  • https://www.vesalius.edu/
  • Programmes: (Certificate and/or diploma): Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Engineering Science divided among 15 majors and 14 minors.
  • Vesalius College combines the advantages of an American-style liberal arts college with the extensive facilities of a major European university.

Webster University 

  • https://www.webster.edu 
  • American curriculum in six international settings: Austria, Bermuda, China, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, UK.
  • Geneva: 450 undergrads; 90% international; credit for IB; campus housing available; limited scholarships based on academic merit and demonstrated need.
Applying to Universities in Singapore

Singapore does not have a ‘common application’ system for all universities, but as the online acceptance platform is common across the three local universities, namely NUS, NTU and SMU, you may be offered a course of study in each of the three local universities if you have met the admission requirements and selection criteria of each university. The online common acceptance platform will reflect the place(s) that have been offered to you. For example, if you are offered a place each in NUS and NTU, the online acceptance platform will reflect the